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Vintage-Clothing Markets, New Black-Owned Businesses, 50 Years of Broadway : The Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 2/7-2/13

Plus, events celebrating Black history and culture

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Go for the Gold!

โ€‹โ€‹Hello Neighbor,ย 

Happy Monday, let’s have a great week in Washington, DC!

  • ๐Ÿฅ‡ Looking for Shaun White. ๐Ÿ‚ His last Olympics debut is Tuesday night. Hereโ€™s aย list of how to watch the Winter Olympics.
  • ๐Ÿ’– Finalizing your Galentineโ€™s Day plans in the swamp. ๐Ÿ’ Hereโ€™s aย list of different events from making flower crowns to underwear racing.ย 
  • ๐ŸคŽ Wanting to celebrate Black History Month in DC. ๐Ÿ’• Hereโ€™s a round-up of various events, besides some of the ones listed below.ย 


So, What Should You Do February 7-13?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:ย 

  • The ๐Ÿ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The ๐ŸŒฒ indicates an event is happening in-person outside.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’ป indicates an event is happening virtually.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’‰ indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.ย 
  • And lastly, the ๐Ÿ†“ indicates an event is free .


Top Picks of the Week

1. A night of vintage clothing and tarot. ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿน Head to Disco Mary, before it closes, for aย Hybrid Healing Party (Wed, $8, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Blagden Alley). If you’re looking for other vintage options, consider stopping by Each Peach Marketโ€™s Valentineโ€™s Day Sidewalk Market (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Mount Pleasant) or Capitol Cider Houseโ€™s Valentine Artisan Market (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Petworth).

2. Pin the tail on the husky. ๐ŸŽฏ For those itching for their chance to go for the gold, head to the Wharf Winter Games (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf).

3. New Black-owned businesses opening this weekend. ๐Ÿซ๐ŸŒฑ New chocolatier Petit Soeur is having its grand opening (Sat, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, Georgetown) featuring specials on their glossy bonbons. Houseplant-and-lifestyle shop Black Box Botanical is opening in Takoma (Sat, $, Takoma).

4. The future of DCโ€™s Chinatown. ๐Ÿ’” Join AIGA DC for a limited online screening of the documentary Chinatown (available till Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป), which takes an intimate look at the changing neighborhood from the perspective of its underrepresented community. There will be a Q&A with the filmโ€™s director and the festival director of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).

5. Give your regards to Broadway. ๐ŸŽซ This star-studded concert plays homage to the rich legacy of 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center (Sat, $59+, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Kennedy Center).


Everything Else This Week

  • Ethics, social justice, and hate crimes. ๐Ÿค Hear from the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt (Mon, $32, ๐Ÿ’ป). Join the founder of Busboys and Poets, Andy Shallal, and Say Jayaraman for a discussion about tipped workers and โ€œOne Fair Wageโ€ (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Brookland or โšก). Sixth & I will host a series of workshops on Jewish Ethics (starts Tues for 5 weeks, $72, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Chinatown). The National Portrait Gallery is teaming up with the Hirshhorn Museum for their Objects and Social Justice (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) lecture.ย 
  • Black icons. ๐Ÿ’ˆ๐ŸฅŠ๐ŸŽ™๐Ÿ“ฝ Discover Nathaniel โ€œThe Bush Doctorโ€ Mathis (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป), who popularized afros and cornrows. Join an intimate portrait of Ella Fitzgerald (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). Watch a documentary about Muhammad Aliย (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). View the new exhibit of Ikรฉ Udรฉโ€™s โ€œNollywood Portraitsโ€ (ongoing, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, National Mall) at the African Art Museum; it showcases individuals of Nigeriaโ€™s $3 billion film industry.ย 
  • Reclaiming history. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท The African American History and Culture Museum is hosting a session on Using Deed Records to Uncover Your Ancestors (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). Learn about the untold story of Liberia’s Founding in 1822 (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • A repair happy hour. ๐Ÿงต Old Town Patagonia is hosting aย workshop (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Alexandria) on how to make your clothes last, including how to patching holes and replace zippers and buttons. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is hosting aย virtual handi-hour (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“ ,๐Ÿ’ป) on how to bring new life to old clothes with personalized patches and appliquรฉs.ย 
  • “The House on the Lagoon.” ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Columbia Heightโ€™s Gala Hispanic Theatre debuts the play โ€œLa Casa de La Laguna,โ€ which follows a Puerto Rican womanโ€™s journey in finding her voice. The play is in Spanish with English subtitles (till Feb 27, $, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Columbia Heights).ย 
  • Calling all singles. โ›ธ There are a few singles mixers in DCโ€”head to Canal Park for aย speed dating ice skating mixer (Wed, $30, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Yard) or to metrobar for aย Singles Tracking Dating Event (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ/๐Ÿ’‰, Edgewood). Join a panel discussion about what the future of dating will look like (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, National Mall).
  • Movie showings. ๐ŸŽฌ The French Embassy will be hosting a screening of the comedic Lโ€™Auberge Espagnole (Tues, $5, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Glover Park). The film is about a group of roommates under the Erasmus study abroad program. Although advanced registration is sold out, there may be walk-up spots available for the Kennedy Centerโ€™s screening of The Joy Luck Club (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Kennedy Center).
  • Hear from the owner of over 200 houseplants. ๐ŸŒฑ Hillwood Estate will be hosting Hilton Carter on how to make great house gardens by combining greenery, shapes, and textures (Tues, $10, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 
  • “Blackbeard” Teach and “Black Sam” Bellamy. ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ Discover the Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay (Mon, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Celebrate “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.”๐Ÿค Whitman-Walker will be hosting an engaging discussion about the experiences of Black individuals living with HIV (Mon, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • LGBTQ corner. ๐ŸŒˆ Thereโ€™s an LGBTQ Skate Night (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf), aย Violent-ineโ€™s Day Massacre drag show (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, NoMA), and aย RuPaulโ€™s Drag Race (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, NoMA) viewing party.ย 
  • Drinks, glorious drinks. ๐Ÿน Taste cocktails inspired by Gabriel Garcรญa Mรกrquezโ€™s Love in the Time of Cholera (Sat, $55,๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ›‹, 14th St). Learn about wines that are better not blended (Fri, $10, ๐Ÿ’ป) or that mezcal is more than just smoky cocktails (Tues, $75, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Blagden Alley).ย 
  • Cooking classes. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Make tamales (Thurs, $69, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Capitol Hill) or shabbat meals (Wed, $12, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 
  • Visit Jupiter and Venus. ๐Ÿš€ See the universe come alive as the National Philharmonic performs Holstโ€™s โ€œThe Planetsโ€ in partnership with NASA Goddard (Sun, $45+, ๐Ÿ›‹, Tysons).ย 
  • Love stories. ๐Ÿ† Hear about awkward sex experiences (Fri, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, 14th St) or attend an open-mic story telling about โ€œLove Hurtsโ€ (Thurs, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, The Wharf).ย 
  • Happier than ever. Two words: Billie Ellish (Wed, $, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Chinatown).
  • Dance parties. ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ Like trivia nights, thereโ€™s a dance party in DC every week. Thereโ€™s a 2000s Dance Party (Fri, $16, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Shaw), and aย HEARTBREAK EDITION (Sat, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, 14th St) dance party of emo vs. pop punk music, and an Anti-Valentineโ€™s 90’s dance PARTAAAAY! (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, West End).

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of this newsletter,

Jade Womack (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.